Children are very precious and we, as parents want only the best for our children. It is the thought pattern of anyone who becomes a parent, but we are living in a real world that is full of realities good and bad, healthy and unhealthy. Today, let’s face it, diabetes is a potential threat and is becoming more and more common in these recent times. It is no respecter of persons and can target just about anyone and don’t get shocked, the animals as well. Surely, we do not want it to raise its ugly in the lives of our children, but they are at risk as well.
The human body as it was designed, by God above, to develop, function and heal entirely on its own. There are many factors that contribute to the many evil invasions of enemy diseases that are seen in the world today. Diabetes is a lifestyle related disease and it does not spare our dear children its horror. The insulin producing factory, the pancreas, fails to produce insulin in the right proportion or worse still none at all and that takes its toll on the body. The human body can be likened to a machine, one malfunction triggers off a series of mishaps.
Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) is common in children under the age of sixteen. Here the pancreas is not able to produce insulin at all. The body’s immune system goes crazy and harms and destroys its own beta cells, these cells are responsible for the production of insulin. Though this type of diabetes in children is not very common it poses a threat if it strikes. Often children who suffer with diabetes tend to have a longer life span than folks who develop it later in life. Maybe this is because they get a hold of it by following their routines like diet, exercise and medication (insulin injections) religiously.
A few causes that put children at risk of developing diabetes are unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, absence of physical activity and environmental factors. In today’s world there are so many diversions for children that it is destroying the younger generation. Encourage your children to go out and play instead of watching television or spending hours and hours of valuable time on the computer. This bad habit exposes them to the risk of developing childhood diabetes. It is not always passed on genetically. The symptoms of childhood diabetes often go unnoticed by parents; these are similar to the symptoms of diabetes in adults. In most cases the damage has already begun.
Action should be taken immediately when the below mentioned symptoms are observed, stomach pains, extreme hunger, increased thirst, frequent urination, out of the way weight loss, recurring infections, irritability, fatigue, tiredness, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, wounds or infections that heal very slowly, headaches and behavioral issues. The doctor is the best one to be visited as he will run tests and advise accordingly. The child on the other hand must be given a healthy, balanced diet and encouraged to have physical activity, and insulin injections should be administered timely. Exercise helps in many ways and improves blood circulation. A normal blood sugar count needs to be maintained at all times.
Childhood diabetes if managed appropriately will bring good results much to the contentment and happiness of the child as well as the parents. So don’t let it overwhelm you, it’s a monster that can be brought to its knees.
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